Watson opens up about Turnberry


TURNBERRY, Scotland – Brandt Snedeker has picked Tom Watson’s brain before. Prior to last year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale he played a practice round with the five-time champion and again in April at Augusta National.

On Wednesday at Turnberry, however, it was different. The Ailsa Course is the site of Watson’s most dramatic Open victory, the 1977 “Duel in the Sun” with Jack Nicklaus.

“Oh yeah, he talked about it,” Snedeker smiled. “He showed us shot by shot what he did at No. 18, No. 17. It was pretty cool.”

The group, which included Charles Howell III, lingered on the 18th green for an extended period as Watson walked his young playing companions through the final-hole dramatics that made ’77 so special, including Nicklaus’ lengthy birdie putt at the last.

“(Watson) said, ‘Ten feet from the hole I didn’t think it had a chance. Five feet from the hole I started lining my putt up,’” Snedeker said.